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East Midvale Elementary School Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Oct 08, 2015 01:21PM ● By Bryan Scott

East Midvale Elementary School faculty prepare for the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

By Stephanie Lauritzen

East Midvale Elementary celebrated its 50th year anniversary on Sept. 10. The day began with a service project organized by the United Way Day of Caring, in which Savage Construction Company provided the school with new garden benches. 

The United Way’s 2015 mission statement hoped to “Make a difference, enrich the lives of local children, and beautify our parks and schools.” The United Way worked with East Midvale Elementary administrators in order to design a service project best supporting the school community. 

Later that evening, the school kicked off a community 50th Anniversary Celebration with a carnival and community clothing exchange. East Midvale Elementary Vice Principal Laurie Steed said she hoped the event would bring together families and members of the community in celebration of the school. 

The carnival included bouncy houses, games, cake, and live music. In addition to the activities, students and community members were entertained with special appearances from Grizzbee, the mascot for the Utah Grizzlies hockey team, and Leo the Lion from Real Salt Lake soccer team.

Captain Cutter from the Midvale Fire Department provided tours of the fire truck to kids and families. Vice Principal Steed considered the night a huge success. “It went really well! We had several hundred people come, and stay the whole time.” 

This year, East Midvale Elementary adopted a Community Schools Model for providing quality education for all students. In addition to ensuring academic success, health and social services, and youth development, the Community Schools Model emphasizes parent and family engagement and community partnerships. 

The East Midvale Elementary administration hopes to continue working with organizations and businesses within the community in order to achieve their motto, “Every Child, Every Way, Every Day.”